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Brolly receives cross party support for review of Construction Industry Training Board

25 February, 2008

During a debate in the Assembly today Sinn Féin East Derry Assembly Member Francie Brolly received cross part support for a motion calling for a wide ranging review of the Construction Industry training Board (CITB).

Francie Brolly said:

"It was gratifying to receive cross party support in the Assembly today for a motion that I tabled calling on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to instigate a wide ranging review of the CITB remit. I have asked that the review should cover areas such as levies, apprenticeships and disbursement of grants.

"Most of the contributors to the debate supported the call by the Construction Industry on the Minister to take the concerns of the Industry seriously and address the anomalies that exist in comparison to the engineering industry and other trades organizations where the practice of collecting levies no longer exists.

"I don't believe that it is unreasonable for the Industry to ask that it be treated similarly to other like industries such as engineering and electrical contractors.

"The industry rightly views the imposition of these levies as an additional form of taxation on an industry which is vital to our economic future. But even more repugnant than the Levies themselves are the seemingly limitless access that assessors have to all of the contractors, offices, private and confidential files when carrying out assessments for Levy purposes." ENDS

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